N.J. bill to offer in-state tuition, financial aid to illegals


Matt Friedman
nj.com
November 16, 2013

A view of the New Jersey State Senate taken this past summer.  Credit: Rickyrab via Flickr

A view of the New Jersey State Senate taken this past summer. Credit: Rickyrab via Flickr


After a decade-long effort by advocates, a bill that would charge in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants who grew up in New Jersey appears well on its way to landing on the governor’s desk.

The state Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today voted eight to three with one abstention to approve the measure (S2479), which advocates say will affect tens of thousands of New Jersey residents.

“This community has waited long enough. Let’s not look for excuses to say no. Let’s look for reasons to say yes,” said Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester), who has lent his name to the bill as a prime sponsor.

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